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Bankruptcy Beat: The Second Circuit Establishes a Binding Standard For Lien Extinguishment Under a Plan of Reorganization

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion, City of Concord, N.H. v. N. New England Tel. Operations, LLC (In re N. New England Tel. Operations LLC), 795 F.3d 343 (2d Cir. 2015), addressing an issue of...more

Illinois Appellate Court Upholds Protections of Tort Immunity Act for School Districts

The Illinois Appellate Court (Second District) recently held that several parents’ action challenging an Illinois school district’s reorganization of two elementary schools was barred by the Illinois Local Governmental and...more

The fiducie-sûreté: the most effective French security interest?

The fiducie has been the subject of increased interest by lenders over the past few years in France. Even though there is no significant case law supporting this, some academics have gone so far as to refer to this mechanism...more

A Reverse Morris Trust Ruling

LTR 201542004 at first seems to involve a standard spinoff for the purpose of pursuing a reverse Morris Trust combination of Controlled with a Merger Partner, with the “significant issue” for ruling being a proposed swap of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Updates Single Rulebook Q&As - On October 16, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) updated its Q&As on the single rulebook, publishing four new questions. The single rulebook Q&As relate to the CRD IV package...more

New Regulations on F Reorganizations

In late September, the IRS issued final regulations describing six requirements for a transaction or series of transactions to qualify as a reorganization under Section 368(a)(1)(F) (an “F reorganization”). The IRS...more

Beware Transferee Liability

One of the great features of corporations is that liability in the corporation generally does not extend to its shareholders, including tax liability. Like any rule, though, there is almost always an exception. In this...more

IRS Issues Final Regulations on F Reorganizations

In September 2015, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued final regulations (T.D. 9739) that provide guidance with respect to the qualification of a transaction as a reorganization under Section 368(a)(1)(F) (an “F”...more

Three Recent Delaware Decisions Highlight the Importance of Director Independence and Risks for M&A Financial Advisors

On September 28 and October 1, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued decisions in Caspian Select Credit Master Fund Limited v. Gohl, C.A. No. 10244-VCN and In re Zale Corporation Stockholders Litigation, C.A. No....more

Boarding passes ready – when employees may unexpectedly move around within a corporate group

The European Court of Justice ("ECJ") has ruled that, in certain circumstances, when a subsidiary company is wound up, its employees will transfer automatically to its holding company. What happened? In 1993, Air...more

Treatment of senior unsecured debt in European leveraged finance transactions: the need for an intercreditor agreement

Over the last few years, the European leveraged finance market has seen rapid growth of senior secured high yield notes (“SSN”) and senior secured covenant-lite term loan B (“TLB”) financings. A common feature of both SSNs...more

Don’t Burst My Bubble! IRS Provides Clarity for F Reorganizations

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service issued final regulations addressing reorganizations, commonly referred to as “F reorganizations,” under Section 368(a)(1)(F) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). F reorganizations...more

Basic Tax Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions ("M&A") are complex, multilayered transactions with multiple moving parts and a healthy dose of negotiation. There are, however, common tax implications at play in most transactions of which...more

Accidentally On Purpose: Washington Court Finds Coverage For Contempt Of Court Based On “Misunderstanding”

Professional liability policies cover claims based on the insured’s alleged negligent acts, errors or omissions, and not claims for “sanctions or penalties” for “willful” professional misconduct. But the insurer’s duty to...more

Court Says There is no Private Cause of Action to Create an SEC Whistleblower Award

AgFeed Industries, Inc.’s accounting irregularities culminated in a March 2014 enforcement action brought against AgFeed by the SEC. The enforcement action yielded an $18 million disgorgement penalty, referred to as the...more

IRS Finalizes Regs on F Reorgs

The IRS has finalized its regulations on Section 368(a)(1)(F) reorganizations. An F reorganization is characterized as a mere change in the identity, form, or place of organization of one corporation. The final...more

Chancery Dismisses Complaint for Failure to Allege Noncompliance

A principal difference between alternative entities and corporations under Delaware law is the ability in the former to modify or eliminate fiduciary duties. A Delaware court is required by statute to give effect to the...more

Energy Future Holdings – Another Major Success for Chapter 11 Mediation?

Mediation has become an invaluable tool in large chapter 11 cases. Traditionally viewed as a means for resolving discrete disputes between a debtor’s estate and an adversary party, in recent years mediation in certain complex...more

Mergers Just Became Safer for California’s Corporate Policyholders

This morning the California Supreme Court announced the thoroughly sensible ruling that a corporation may transfer its rights under liability insurance policies without obtaining the consent of the insurance company. Fluor...more

Acquisitive Reorganizations Under 367(b) (Updated)

This outline discusses, in plain English, the regulatory provisions called into play under IRC § 367(b) on acquisitive mergers and other non-divisive corporate reorganizations. A Section 367(b) acquisitive reorganization...more

The Viability of the Equitable Mootness Doctrine in the Third Circuit: A Moot Point?

In the bankruptcy context, effectively appealing an order confirming a debtor’s plan of reorganization is not always a sure bet, as a court may refuse to entertain the appeal in the name of equitable mootness. Equitable...more

Debtor’s Founder Ordered to Turn Over Social Media Accounts to Reorganized Company

A recent bankruptcy court decision highlights the importance of Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, and similar social media assets in today’s business marketplace. It’s not always clear how these might be best protected, but...more

New Pennsylvania Law to Simplify Entity Transactions

Pennsylvania’s new Entity Transactions Law is expected to streamline the process of effecting certain fundamental changes or change of control transactions. Effective July 1, 2015, companies doing, or wishing to conduct,...more

Cramdown Hurdles Round 3: Try, Try Again

In re Ramz Real Estate Co., LLC, 510 B.R. 712 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2013) – An undersecured mortgagee objected to a debtor’s proposed plan of reorganization on several grounds, including that (1) the plan was not approved by...more

SEC Staff Issues Money Market Fund Reform Frequently Asked Questions

The Staff of the Division of Investment Management (Staff) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has published responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the SEC’s 2014 amendments...more

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